Well that fair was one that I will not forget for a very very long time. This memorable trip to the great Iowa State Fair was not made based on how the cattle preformed in the show (Crystal wrote a very good blog post about the color of the ribbons check it out!) but it is one that I won’t forget because of the people that I got to spend it with.
This was the first year that Crystal was able to stay for the whole show. Last year she was there for the weekend but had to go back to work for that black cattle assoc. This year she used a vacation day to be there for show day and she was a huge help. It seems that anything that I am not good at (which is a long list) she is good at (which is also a long list). She got to show her favorite heifer Dana and even though we didn’t finish very well she said she loved being back out in the showring. I was asked many times during the weekend “how did you manage to get this one” and told many time “you better not let her go” which I thought the ring on her finger was suppose to lock that up but I was told she still has time to reconsider…. I sure hope she doesn’t. Although our first real fair together was not an overwhelming success the next ones will only be able to get better from here and they will.
The other person that was there to make this State Fair special was my dad. It was my grandfathers vision to have my sister and I start into this cattle deal but it was my dad that had to put up with my sister an I while we did it. I have always said that my little sister kicking my butt in the showring the first year we showed was what made me want to win more and turned raising and showing cattle into my passion but truth be told I think it is because going to cattle shows is where I got to “meet” my dad. My family was in the plastics business my whole childhood and dad was on the road most of the time. I don’t by any means begrudge him for this, him working the hours and being gone was necessary and if that is what it takes for me to support my family in the future I will do the same… the kids turn out “alright”. But going to weekend shows with my dad is where I got to know him as a person. He is strong-minded, hard working, motivated and one of those people who looks at a bigger picture not just what is presented in front of him. He has been a leader in everything he has done in his adult life winning a lifetime achievement award before most are even considered for an achievement award. And this weekend I was lucky enough to have such an overqualified individual run my washrack. To go along with all of the other great things I can say about my dad, he can flat out get after it on the washrack. Don’t ask him to tie the heifer up or lead her back to the stall but making the white hair on these Hereford cattle shine… that’s my dads game. Having my dad at the fair with me this year was one of the coolest things ever. Thanks for coming dad it really did mean the world to me to have you there.
So to sum up this trip for you it was great, one of the best ever. You can go to Crystal’s blog to check out some pictures. I want to again thank Crystal and my dad for all of their hard work and I promise that next time I will have the cattle in better shape so we can get after those purple banners and let someone else have the green ribbons.